Retail shops and gymnasiums that aren’t completely essential are to be reopened within the subsequent month in line with the brand new animal guidelines
Non-essential stores, personal care products, gyms and the entire recreational sector in England are allowed to reopen under the new tier system.
However, tier 3 pubs and restaurants can only be operated take-out, while tier 2 venues serving alcohol can only stay open where they operate like a restaurant, meaning extensive meals are served.
Boris Johnson has confirmed the new COVID-19 tier rules in his announcement today. These will take effect when the lockdown is lifted on December 3rd and most regions are expected to be subject to level two and three restrictions (further details will be announced on Thursday, November 26th).
There is a hint of good news for hospitality. The 10pm curfew is expected to be changed to 11pm. The last orders are called at 10:00 p.m., giving customers an hour to leave the premises.
Shops can be reopened on all levels, as can gyms and places of worship. Recreational sport will also experience a comeback, while spectator sport can be resumed in levels one and two with a limited number of visitors.
Cinemas can be opened at levels one and two.
It will still be a three tier system. The restrictions for each level are shown in the following table:
|How the new blocking rules will affect your small business|
|Tier 1||Rank 2||Tier 3|
|Not necessarily openable retail||Not necessarily openable retail||Not necessarily openable retail|
|All stores and venues that are not currently closed can remain open||All stores and venues that are not currently closed are expected to remain open||Close all shops and venues|
|Pubs and restaurants are allowed to reopen, including those that are not serving meals. Table service only.||Pubs and restaurants are allowed to reopen, but only if they serve large meals. Only for your own household and table service.||Pubs and restaurants only have to be operated as take-away.|
|Curfew extended, last orders at 10 p.m. Previously, all customers had to leave by 10 p.m.||Curfew extended, last orders at 10 p.m. Previously, all customers had to leave by 10 p.m.||Before that, they were allowed to open when they were delivering essential meals|
|The rule of six applies to indoors and outdoors||Household bubbles are only allowed inside, but the rule of six is allowed to stay outside||Mixing households is prohibited indoors and outdoors in restaurants or private gardens. Rule of six to continue in some outdoor public areas|
|Gyms open again||Gyms open again||Gyms open again|
|To reopen leisure centers||To reopen leisure centers||To reopen leisure centers|
|Reopening of personal care businesses (including hairdressing)||Reopening of personal care businesses (including hairdressing)||Reopening of personal care businesses (including hairdressing)|
|The cinemas reopen||The cinemas reopen||The cinemas remain closed. Cinemas were allowed to open beforehand|
|Spectators allowed at sporting events and live performances (limited number)||Spectators allowed at sporting events and live performances (limited number)||Indoor entertainment venues closed|
Kate Nicholls, UK Hospitality executive director, said the news was "far worse than anyone expected".
She said, “This is a cruel decision and it just feels like the entire sector is being handed over to the wolves.
“If the levels had stayed the same through March, we would have expected 94 percent of companies in tier 3 and 74 percent of companies in tier 2 to go to the wall. Now we have limitations that are even worse.
“We make 25 percent of our profits before Christmas and the government is taking that away.
“This will have a catastrophic impact on a large number of companies and all the jobs that have been on leave will now be lost. They speak of the prospect of a million job losses and 30 to 40,000 premises closing their doors for good. "
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